USC hopes to hold onto Vatuvei 

January, 24, 2012
Even after adding a solid group of defensive linemen last year, the position remains one of need in the 2012 class, and the Trojans are looking to hold onto a commitment from a good one in Pio Vatuvei (Patterson, Calif./Patterson).

Vatuvei has the ability to play end or tackle at the next level, although his combination of strength and speed could help him make an earlier impact on the outside. He has long been a USC fan and immediately jumped on an offer from the Trojans in August. Since then, he has been recruited by several other Pac-12 schools, including Utah, Washington and California. While he remains committed to USC, he also wants to make sure that he is making the right decision and feels comfortable with whichever school receives his signed letter of intent.

This past weekend, the USC staff had a chance to make an impression when Vatuvei and his family were on campus for an official visit.